PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Stanford's Ty Montgomery rolled up 204 all-purpose yards and produced three big plays to help the No. 5 Cardinal beat No. 15 Washington 31-28 on Saturday night at Stanford Stadium.
The Cardinal held off a furious Washington rally and benefited from a ruling that was overturned on a replay.
Washington cut the Stanford lead to 31-28 with 2:38 left on a 79-yard scoring drive and the Huskies forced Stanford to punt with 1:51 to go.
On a fourth-and-10 play from the Stanford 49-yard line, Washington quarterback Keith Price avoided a pass rush, scrambled around and hit Kevin Smith for 16 yards to the Cardinal 33-yard line with 1:06 left. The play was ruled a catch on the field, but on review it was ruled the ball bounced before Smith caught it.
Stanford (5-0) simply had to run out the clock.
It left Montgomery as the star.
Montgomery returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for Stanford's first touchdown, caught a 39-yard pass for its second touchdown and returned a kickoff 72 yards to set up the Cardinal's fourth touchdown.
Bishop Sankey, who led the nation in rushing entering Saturday's action, had 125 yards on 27 carries for Washington (4-1).
The Huskies outgained the Cardinal 489-284 and had more first downs than Stanford (30-14), but the Cardinal (5-0) got the big plays out of Montgomery on special teams.
Price went 33-for-48 for 350 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Stanford's Kevin Hogan was 12-for-20 for 120 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Washington reduced a 17-7 halftime deficit to 17-14 on a 75-yard scoring drive to open the third quarter. Kevin Smith's 29-yard touchdown reception came one play after a 30-yard run by Sankey.
Stanford answered with a 76-yard scoring drive that ended with Hogan's 4-yard touchdown run.
Washington made it 24-21 on a 64-yard scoring drive. A 19-yard Travis Coons fourth-down run for a first down on a fake punt aided the drive, which ended on Sankey's 15-yard run.
But Montgomery's 72-yard kickoff return led to an 11-yard Gaffney touchdown run that gave Stanford a 10-point lead again.
Montgomery provided two big plays that enabled Stanford to take a 17-7 lead at halftime. He ran the opening kickoff back 99 yards for a touchdown and later caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Hogan with 11 seconds left in the second quarter.
Montgomery's second touchdown came less than a minute after Washington had scored its first touchdown to reduce the margin to three points.
Price was 13-for-16 passing in the first half, but Washington's 43 yards in penalties in the first quarter stymied the Huskies' offense early.
Stanford broke on top when Montgomery took the opening kickoff at the 1-yard line and went untouched for the score to make it 7-0.
Stanford took a 10-0 lead when Jordan Williamson kicked a 33-yard field goal on the second play of the second quarter to finish a 42-yard drive.
Washington got on the board on an 88-yard drive late in the second quarter. Sankey scored from 7 yards with 1:03 left in the half to make it 10-7.
But a short kickoff gave Stanford possession at its 39-yard line. Five plays later, Hogan hit a tightly defended Montgomery along the right sideline with the touchdown pass to give the Cardinal a 10-point lead at intermission.
NOTES: Entering Saturday's game, Stanford had won 12 games in a row, the second longest active winning streak in the country. Ohio State has won 18 straight games with its victory over Northwestern on Saturday. Stanford had also won 11 straight home games, which was the fourth longest such streak heading into the weekend. ... Washington entered the game hoping to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 1992. ... Sankey entered the game as the nation's leading rusher, averaging 151.8 yards per game. ... Washington upset Stanford 17-13 last season. The Cardinal offense did not score a touchdown in that game. ... The Huskies entered the game ranked fourth in the country in scoring defense, allowing an average of 10.8 points per game.